We’re starting to get that rather sick feeling we had six years ago – the last time we were relegated – because there is a real chance that Newcastle could become a Championship club next season, and even though it’s been coming these last few months when we have been losing all the time it, it will still be a massive shock.
But on the positive side we are hoping that Manchester United will not lose at Hull on Sunday.
John Carver got together his squad and the club’s training ground staff this week, and tried to instill in the players just how important the game is on Sunday and what they are playing for:
“It was all the travelling staff, what you might term the senior staff – the kit men, masseurs, doctors, physios.”
“A lot of those people were here when the club got relegated. I wanted to give everybody an opportunity to have their say, but this week is about being as positive as we can.”
“Forget about what’s gone on in the past, this is effectively a season in a week now,” “That was one of the reasons why I brought all of the staff into the meeting with the players this week.”
“There’s an awful lot of good local people who have been here a long time and a lot of their friends lost their jobs last time.”
“Sometimes that can be a motivation for players. We’re a tight group, and we’re going to be even tighter this week.”
People’s livelihoods are at stake on Sunday.
And as far as the fans are concerned it will be like a big kick in the teeth if we do go down.
If that happens the club will have let down both the City and the fans – who live and breathe football.
It will be so sad – too sad.